Hardy & Nutini’s Pencils Are Full of Lead

With Corin Hardy‘s recent jump and jive piece for Paolo Nutini, it appears he has taken a turn toward the lighter side. A comical, life-sized clay version (created by some of the animators who worked on ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’) of Paolo dances with a live band. However, the piece makes a u-turn when the properties of this character become the source of his demise.

From Corin (via PromoNews):

“My aim with this video was to set up a situation where a clay Paolo would live in a real world and behave just like a real person. Once the viewer has accepted that, I then wanted to break the rules I had devised for myself and see what goes on when a clay Paolo just pushes it a bit too far.

“I got very lucky with the animators. Fantastic Mr Fox had just wrapped and the lead animator Mark Waring, and Andy Gent – who built all the puppets for the film – were both available and agreed to do the video.

“It was shot in a TV studio previously graced by Gloria Hunniford’ chat show, and somehow this felt strangely fitting. We shot each take in two versions, one with a stand-in Paolo dancer and then one without. The animation was matched to the stand-in wherever possible and this helped us get the very real movement into the clay Paolo that I wanted.

Paolo Nutini’s Pencil Full Of Lead by Corin Hardy“The animation schedule was brutal. We had three weeks to animate and I pretty much moved into Clapham Rd Studios. Due to the animation needing to be composited into live action, it had to be 25 frames a second which gives the movement a beautiful rich feel, but is really tough work and there are no short cuts.

“The post happened as we went along, and it was inspiring to see the shots come back 24 hours later bedded into the film and actually see the laborious work coming to life.”


Paolo Nutini
Pencil Full Of Lead (Atlantic)
Director: Corin Hardy
Producer: Liz Kessler
Prod co: Academy
DoP: Ed Wild
Styling: Hannah Glossop
Choreographer: Natricia Bernard
Art Director: Laura Johnstone
Animation: Mark Waring
Additional Animation: Tobias Fouracre (& Corin Hardy)
Animation Lighting Cameraman: Matt Day
Puppet Fabricator: Andy Gent
Puppet Design: Ben Kovar
Editor: Nick Allix at Whitehouse
Post: Amarjeet Singh at Soho Post
Colorist: Mark Horrobin at Smoke & Mirrors
Commissioner: Tim Nash
Watch: here

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Brandon Lori

Haha, this is great! Poor guy…


I’m not familiar with Paulo Nutini, but the claymation character looks out of place as all the females are dressed up for the performance, but he’s wearing khaki’s, tennis shoes and a cargo jacket?

Other than that, very cool, and quirky, I like it :)

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